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All, just want to pick your brains a bit. 

We took Rubie for a longer than usual car ride over the weekend during which she vomited all over the back seat (luckily covered) about 30 seconds before we parked (naturally).

Since then, she seems 'cautious' of her food. I'll put her bowl down in the morning and she'll take a few bites and then leave it. I've been working from home this week so she has access to it and usually finishes it by lunch time. For her dinner, I've been mixing Honest Kitchen in with her kibble. She eats that faster but still over a period of a couple of hours. 

Is this like when we've had to much rum/vokda/tequila/wine and feel turned off to it for a while? Today I gave her ten minutes to eat before we left for work and then put her dish up and put her in her crate. When I got home for lunch, I put it down again for 5 minutes, she didn't touch it, so I put it up for 15. Put it back down and now she's taking a few bites, wandering off, taking a few bites, etc. 

She pooing just fine and not passing any foreign material which is my first concern when a pooch won't eat with gusto. It's also been very hot here but we're careful not to over exert her and she drinks a LOT of water and always has.

Just curious as to what people's thoughts might be. I've not known Dobies to regulate themselves and just gobble up whatever is in front of them. We did get her a slow feeding bowl (because she was gobbling). Is there any chance that maybe just worked and now she's a dainty eater?

Thanks, all! I just want to make sure I don't create a prissy eater who will only eat if A, B and C are all in line and correct :)

EDIT: she had barked at her food a couple of times now, too. Playfully. But still?

How old is she? Sometimes young dogs go through a "picky eater" stage - often between 1-2 years of age. You are doing the right thing by picking up her food when she does not eat it. There is also a point in time where they start needing less food than they did during their puppy/adolescence age. Lots of people miss this and don't understand why their dog is getting fat - haha.

Also, lots of dogs eat less in the hot months and I personally cut back a little on the amount of food I feed in the summer months unless they are really burning it off. 

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She will turn 7 months next week and is a little on the leaner side already which is why it's a bit more concerning. I was actually starting to increase her food a little from 4 cups to 4.5 cups per day because she is still growing. Would a food with more calories per cup be an option if she's not going to be able to get much more than 4-4.5 cups in in a day, especially as it's getting hotter? There is a high activity food in the line I use that has 425 calories per cup vs the 385 calories in the food we use now but it is higher protein. Thank you for your input!

 

Annnnnnd gratuitous Rubie picture. I call this photo, "If I fits, I sits." 

 

I would not up the protein amount yet at her age - uping the amount is fine.  She may be going through a picky stage, or she just may be feeling out of sorts this week.  Throwing up due to motion sickness would most likely not have any lasting effects - dogs can throw up at the drop of a hat, and do - haha.  My Louise used to throw up at the very end of a car ride all the time - used to drive me nuts! She might not feel great for a short time after getting out of the car but always perked up fast. 

If she starts losing weight because of the food issue and/or does not start eating a decent amount in the next few days, then I would look at taking her to your vet. If, as you say, she is drinking fine and pooping fine then I would give it a bit more time. Some people try changing food and that will often get them eating again.... but if the food issue is due to just being picky, then they will get picky on a new food too. 

If you are really worried about her losing weight, I'd try just supplementing your kibble and see if that works. Add a table spoon of plain yogurt and some fruit (berries, sliced apple, banana) or some chicken and rice and see if she gobbles that up. If she does, then she is probably just being picky.

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Thank you, Fitzmar! I'll keep adding the Honest Kitchen raw to her dinners and we have some bone broth coming, too (love making it but don't have any bones lying around!) that I can start adding. She seems totally fine every other way so maybe she's just giving me a reason to fret because why not!?

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Sofia has gone through phases of being picky and 'selective' with her food... We do home cooking and it's always varied... I guess sometimes she just isn't hungry.. I know she likes her meals warmed up.. and I know she prefers chicken broth poured over her food. she eats with her nose. When it's hot she slows down considerably.. hmmm.. so do I..

I used to fret just the way you do.. ( why not??_) and the more I did.. the worse it got.. so now.. I put her food down.. tell her " Bon Appetit" and leave the room.. it's up to her to eat... or no.... she usually does..

 

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Comforting to know I'm not the only worry wort! Could she be getting ready to go in to heat? I've read some dogs get restless and act starving while some become more lethargic and lose their appetite. She's been paying more attention to her parts but no discharge or swelling (my first puppy experience so this part is all new to me!). She was totally normal at the dog park yesterday and gobbled her food up as soon as we got home but is being slow again this morning. I really wonder if she's just anticipating going in to the car so doesn't feel confident in eating until she knows she's in the clear!

You are definitely not alone - haha! Try keeping a show dog at optimum show weight when they decide they don't want to eat for awhile - it is maddening!! My Louise went through this phase when she was almost finished with her Championship - I resorted to sending pre-made raw frozen patties with her handler (I could not travel with her at the time). As soon as she finished her championship, she started eating and probably would have eated shredded cardboard for the next almost 9 years - go figure!

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I can imagine!! We did move about a month ago and have been really busy since. Maybe it's just all catching up to her, finally...

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I also have a slow and picky eater. Sometimes she just refuses to eat, which is a problem because she is on thyroid meds. She's a 4-yr old rescued Dobergirl named Janey. We've had her a year. She's a fantastic dog, super intelligent with a level head and great temperament. I had her professionally trained for obedience and mobility. She is a legitimate, certified service dog (not an Internet service dog). Without boring you readers to tears with my life's details, let me say that she used to be a good eater. I was feeding her Orijen, which is a high quality food. She liked it and thrived for a year. She is a perfect weight for her somewhat smallish size (By Doberman standards), lean but very robust. I introduced a "one time" canned food with her kibble in an attempt to comfort her after a long airline flight. I wanted to get her system back up and running. It worked and she ate, but I created a monster. Now she is picky, always wants canned food, turns her nose up at her high quality food and has loose stools...the latter being the biggest concern. She's been to the vet and will likely go again, if the loose stools don't resolve. Though it is unlikely she got into anything causing a problem, her vet gave her one round of Flagyl. Which was completed last week. I suspect the canned food is causing all the problems (yes, I tried a few kinds...all supposedly high quality). I wish I'd never introduced a different food and especially a canned food. I've put her back on kibble only, but have had to add a low quality albeit good tasting kibble with her Orijen to entice her to eat. I'll gradually eliminate the low quality food and HOPEFULLY, get her back on track. Dobermans are SO smart and what I suspect has happened is she has been training me what to feed her and it's not gone well. I've created a monster! Has anyone else experienced loose stools from canned dog food? She otherwise seems healthy. Hoping this resolves very soon!

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Hey so my baby boy who is almost 9 months now is beginning his "picky" phase. So I've read a lot on this forum about picky eaters and have practiced leaving kibble out for about 20 mins and if they don't eat it, then to pick it up... BUT he didn't eat for 3 days!! and he ended up having loose stool. Like the only thing he would eat was treats when we went for walks and play time and drink water, THATS IT. He would not touch his kibble. Well it got to the point where i felt like this was super unhealthy and gave him some wet food mixed in to his kibble, OMG his nose pointed straight in the air and got super excited. So i figured this was him being picky. Well i did this only once and now i feel like hes either holding out for better food or just being picky in general. I have no idea what to do cause i feel like this is super unhealthy that hes not eating.

So do i continue to pick up his food if he doesn't eat? Or leave it out... I am so conflicted. OPEN TO ALL SUGGESTIONS.